Personal Hotspot Not Showing up on iPhone and iPad? Here’s What is Wrong


If you noticed that there is no Personal Hotspot option in Settings on iPhone and iPad, then here is what you need to know and eventually fix it.

Your Personal Hotspot Feature is Not Faulty, Start With Your APN Settings and Your Carrier

iOS and iPadOS allows you to turn your iPhone and iPad into a personal internet hotspot to which you can connect to using Wi-Fi. It works great every single time, and there are moments where it does not. You can troubleshoot these issues easily, but what if the Personal Hotspot entry does not show up at all in the Settings app? Trust me, while we end up believing that our iPhone or iPad is probably broken, in most cases it is not.

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Whenever you insert a SIM card into your iPhone or iPad, your device will pull the carrier settings automatically. This includes settings for internet and Personal Hotspot, both. Some carriers require you to enter those settings manually. Which means that if the settings are not downloaded automatically, then the option to create a hotspot won't even show up in Settings.

What's the Fix?

On your iPhone or iPad, launch the Settings app, then tap on Cellular Data. Now tap on APN Settings and make sure all the missing credentials are in place, especially those for Personal Hotspot. Usually, these settings are available on the carrier's website. But if they are not, then you might want to call up your carrier using your phone and get the settings from there. Usually, the settings for cellular data and Personal Hotspot are the same, so you can try and see if that works for you. If you leave the Personal Hotspot space blank then there's no internet tethering for you, ever.

How to enter APN settings for Personal Hotspot

Certain carriers might actually charge you to use the internet hotspot feature on your iPhone or iPad, so it's a good idea to inquire about that as well. Basically, apart from paying an unearthly amount of money on your cellular data plan every month, you have to pay extra if you want to use the data you already own on another device. Such a harsh world we live in.

Last but not the least, you can try to reset your network settings by going to Settings > General > Reset and then tap on Reset Network Settings. Start over fresh and see if the problem is solved for you. If it's not then you might want to consult Apple or just perform a fresh restore of iOS 13 / iPadOS 13.

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